God wants me to have a spirit of power and a sound mind in this situation.’ I repeat that to myself, and consciously focus on the words in that verse.“When I allow myself to be comforted by, and draw power from, these words, I think more clearly – ‘of a sound mind.’ Then I see that there is a task God has prepared for me in this situation, and it’s not to be afraid. These people are in my life so that I can learn something about myself and cleanse myself, or so I can bless and help them, or both.”“Another verse that has been a powerful weapon for me is:1 John .“I came to realize that it was ridiculous that I can’t be around certain people because their personality intimidates me. Now I can go into those same situations, and when I’m tempted to be afraid or overwhelmed, I strengthen myself with that verse. God has the same care for this person as He does for me.”“So whoever I’m with, I don’t need to be afraid. Fear often comes because I seek other people’s honor, I want them to think well of me, but like the verse in John says: Since then, I’ve come into situations where I’ve actually thought, ‘Why was I scared of this person?
’ Now I can actually do things with them, and say things, to be a blessing. Help me be a blessing.’ I can overcome my fears and have it good with people, even though our personalities don’t naturally click.
Sometimes it’s still a battle, so I have to take up a conscious battle: ‘No. Then the result is that I can get along and have it good with everyone.
You’ve been called an old soul more than once in your life.
You channel your passion through art, and you light up every room you’re in with your creative energy.
If someone is scared off because you shine too bright, it’s their loss — they couldn’t have kept up with you anyway.
It’s not just that you have good jokes — it’s that you always seem to take whatever life throws at you in stride.
— Paramhansa Yogananda Most of us encounter aggressive, intimidating, or controlling personalities at some points in our lives.